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Posted September 12, 2012
Reviewed by Jorja Davis for Readers Favorite
In Chicago, FBI Agent Nick Catlin spent months setting up a sting on Damon Hannah’s business, INYO Industries, that supposedly focuses on high-end medical equipment. It is clear there is a leak in the FBI team. Twice an enormous explosion has obliterated all traces of genetic manipulation and murdered five babies and ten or more adults. Each time Hannah has moved his operation to a new city. Now, fourteen months after the Chicago murders, Catlin has traced Hannah’s operation to Poughkeepsie, New York. This time, as the explosions begin just ahead of Catlin’s raid, nurses Janet Renard and Michele Townsend manage to get the five infants under their care into the backseat of Janet’s jeep. Running just ahead of Hannah and Catlin, Janet and Michele transport the children to Oklahoma. Janet’s uncle, Leigh Barrus, her only living relative, has a vast ranch there. They fix up a cabin, far removed from any roads or houses, and Janet and Michele take on the seemingly insurmountable task of mothering five unwanted children. Because of genetic manipulation the babies grow at an abnormal rate; at twenty-four days they need solid food, at nine weeks all can roll over in their cribs, and at four months, they speak their first words. Each child begins exhibiting extraordinary gifts. Uncle Leigh teaches Mama, Aunt Shelley and each of the children to keep their eyes on God and not on the concerns their gifts cause or on their fear of discovery.
The back of the book says in part: “Born out of vengeance, five discarded children must fight to keep their family safe. Millions of lives stand in the balance as sacrifices are made. This family will never be the same as heroes rise and fall.” It is a book where the bad guys are bad and the good guys try really, really hard to be good. The cover will draw the reader into the manipulation of the DNA of innocent children, the power, the love, and the anger that carries this book. Written as Janet’s journal, here X-men for Christian readers begins. Mystery, science fiction, adventure, romance: something for every tween, teen and adult that has ever felt helpless, unwanted, or alone. Carter has incorporated his love of fantasy and science fiction with his fascination with the spiritual principles of the Bible and given us a new paranormal fantasy. He gives us a book where the bad guys are bad, and the good guys try really, really hard to be good. Carter has penned a story that will keep readers up at night wondering what will happen next. The tone is consistent and reasoned, exciting and compelling. The reader will gladly suspend their disbelief. Contemporary social, economic, ethical and political issues are incorporated while conforming to the reader’s expectations of an adventure in the near future. There are enough unanswered questions and partial possibilities to make the reader look forward to the trilogy and the series to follow.
Posted September 11, 2012
God meets science
Wow! This is a fast paced all encompassing work.
This is the first book I've read with an excellent smattering of the unbelievable, yet grounded with "faith in God." Sci/Fi folks, don't let the faith part dissuade you from getting a copy. The author isn't preaching, but sprinkling the work with a force many of us take for granted, yet appears when we least expect it.
The plot. The FBI is trying to track down someone or an organization that is deliberately destroying buildings in an effort to hide something very sinister. Each crime scene is the same: adults bodies and ten infants. It is the infants that is stumping the investigators until one of the crime scenes isn't thoroughly destroyed. Only five infants are found in the wreckage along with the identifiable remains of adults.
Now the fun begins. For the first time the lead FBI agent, Nick, can collect some hard forensic evidence. His first question, why are there only five infants and not ten? Yes indeed, where did the other five go?
Well, a few did escape the cauldron when the attending nurses Michelle and Janet realize they are about to be eliminated per the orders of their boss, Dr. Tibon. They barely escape the crumbling building and head to the only place Janet feels safety will embrace her; Uncle Leigh in Oklahoma.
From this point on the story takes more twists and turns then any reader could wish for. We get to watch the children literally grow-up with each flick of the button. The girls weren't sure what type of experiments they'd been helping along with but within a few weeks it's apparent these aren't ordinary children at all and they were getting an inkling why their previous employer paid them so well. Indeed these are not normal children. They are the creations of Dr. Tibon, or are they?
I'm leaving it at that. Any more information would give away way too much and that would be wrong.
The only draw back is the ending. As with all books the story must close, but there is so much action in the last three chapters it felt a bit too overwhelming and took a bit of the wind out of the sails. Other than that, an excellent and enjoyable read.
Who will like it? Sci fans for sure and those who believe in something more than themselves.
Excellent, excellent read. Recommended for all ages.
Posted June 25, 2012
I found The Unwanted, by Daniel Carter, an interesting mix of science fiction and Christian faith. The two working together created a phenomenal story as well as a strong message of courage and strength. Following the main characters, or the unwanted as they were called, I was led through a captivating tale of children, saved at birth from a horrific fate and led to safety until the time comes to face their enemy who will stop at nothing to see them destroyed. How and why the children live under a cloak of ominous danger throughout the story leaves the reader guessing, but the one truth that remains clear is the presence of God in their lives. As they grow in God simultaneously with the strange changes taking place in their lives that separate them from the world, they focus upon God’s love and ability to help them adjust to the differences they must endure. How true this is for many people of all walks of life who are made to feel unacceptable because of the differences those around them find impossible to tolerate. Yet, God’s hand is always outstretched through His Son Jesus Christ to take us by the hand and guide us into His family with love, forgiveness and acceptance. It was this love that many times helped the unwanted cope, endure and prevail in their struggles to live normal lives. While Daniel Carter’s Christian background certainly influenced the story, his artistic skills through his writing painted a vibrant picture of a city turned chaotic. As the unwanted do battle to save their lives and stop the threat of destruction to life as we know it, I felt as if I were present, cheering them on to victory as they fought against evil and maneuvered in and out of imminent danger. This was a powerful story filled with action, mystery, suspense and excitement as each of the children developed their skills and abilities. I highly recommend this unique science fiction paranormal novel. It's a great story that will keep you riveted all the way to the end! I also believe it’s a great book for young people to have a great time in this imaginary world that exists within “The G-6 Chronicles” while they are inspired to trust God for their lives and the goals set before them. If you’re looking for something different to read, get The Unwanted, Book I of this exciting series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.